What Classifies as Daily Physical Activity (DPA)?

Moderate to Vigorous activity that:

  • Is coordinated (i.e.: intramurals at lunch/recess, assemblies with five minutes of facilitated activity by teachers or students)
  • “body or brain breaks” during class time
  • Does not include Physical Education (must be over and above PE class time)
  • Involves the majority of students
Why is Daily Physical Activity Important?

Student Benefits:

  • Helps to develop positive lifestyle habits that lead to healthy and active lives
  • Increases self-esteem
  • Helps students to handle stress
  • Builds and maintains healthy muscles and joints
  • Helps achieve and maintain healthy body weight
  • Creates a positive and enjoyable learning environment
Classroom & School Benefits:
  • Assists with classroom management
  • Increases punctuality and attendance
  • Keeps students excited and motivated to learn
  • Enhances concentration and academic achievement
  • Enhances the future health and well-being of children and youth

Source: Saskatchewan in motion DPA manual 2012


Last Updated: April 30, 2015 at 8:54 am